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[3 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 3,581 views]
English pupils two years behind Chinese in maths by the age of 16

By Sarah Harris Mail
At the age of ten English children are on a par with the brightest in Taiwan and Hong Kong .England’s brightest primary school children are lagging two years behind their counterparts in the Far East by the time they take GCSE maths, a study shows. The cleverest youngsters are as able as those in Taiwan and Hong Kong at age ten.But they make much less progress while they are at secondary school, between the ages of 11 and 16.By the time they sit their GCSE maths, the …

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[7 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 3,199 views]
Michael Gove forced into  U-turn over EBacc

Andrew Grice, Richard Garner
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Education Secretary to announce dramatic climbdown over plans to scrap GCSEs
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, will announce a major climbdown over his controversial plans to scrap GCSEs in favour of a new English Baccalaureate. In a surprise statement in the Commons, Mr Gove will reveal that he is abandoning plans to introduce the new qualification in 2015.
GCSEs will remain, although they will be reformed in an attempt to restore confidence in them as an internationally respected qualification.
The U-turn represents a political defeat for a …

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[22 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,564 views]

Margaret Morrissey and Lynda Waltho Times
Published at 12:01AM, October 20 2009
I have worked with education secretaries since 1981 (Margaret Morrissey writes) and I have never previously come across someone with Ed Balls’s style.
He is intent on doing things his way and, if he cannot get his own way, he holds a consultation with those people who agree with him in order to produce the result that he wants.
His attitude is: “I am an expert. I know best and I will consult other experts who do it my way.”
I have told …

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[30 Nov 2012 | One Comment | 4,458 views]
Chief Scout and adventurer Bear Grylls backs school that says: ‘Be prepared… for failure’

Mail on Sunday
 TV presenter Bear Grylls has backed a school’s programme to make children learn to deal with failure. A school that has introduced ‘lessons’ in failure to test the perseverance of children has been backed by Chief Scout and TV adventurer Bear Grylls.
Pupils at the independent Perse School in Cambridge are being challenged with physical and academic tasks that teachers do not expect them to achieve.
Ed Elliot, head of the £13,647-a-year school, said seeing ‘failure as your friend’ helped children to learn from their mistakes.
The activities for the pupils …

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[23 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,362 views]
Exam seminars ‘should be filmed’ in Ofqual crackdown

Exam seminars staged to help teachers boost pupils’ GCSE and A-level results face being routinely videoed under new rules designed to..

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[3 Nov 2012 | One Comment | 2,071 views]
Fiddling of GCSE grades ‘is common’ and extends beyond English, watchdog reveals

Exams watchdog Ofqual said there was evidence of widespread ‘over-marking’ Results from last summer triggered inquiry after marks fell short of

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[12 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,505 views]
The Safetynet Petition was presented at 10 Downing Street on 6 September 2012

We reached a momentous milestone on Thursday when we accompanied Claire Perry MP and several other MPs to hand in our Safetynet petition at 10 Downing Street.
In the attached photo you will also see Peter Kerridge of Premier Radio, and MPs Fiona Bruce, Fiona Mactaggart, Andrew Selous, Mark Garnier and David Burrowes.
This happily coincided with the day that the Government Consultation on Parental Internet Controls closed.  It received more than 2,000 responses and this clearly shows the issue is of great concern.  The importance of public pressure was demonstrated in one radio interview …

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[12 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,368 views]

SAFER INTERNET DAY next year will have as its theme, ‘Online rights and responsibilities’ and includes a survey of young people, the results of which will be handed to the government on Safer Internet Day, 5 February 2013.
Schools and those working with young people across the UK are being asked to encourage children and young people to complete the Have your Say survey which can be found online with guidance notes at:
www.saferinternet.org.uk/survey
The survey covers a lot of ground, but there are significant opportunities for young people to flag up concerns about pornography, …

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[18 Sep 2012 | One Comment | 1,498 views]
GCSEs axed: True test to restore faith in exam system

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Telegraph
17 Sep 2012
Michael Gove declared the end of more than two decades of “dumbing down” yesterday with..

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[24 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 8,460 views]
Anger at GCSE ‘manipulation’ as top grades fall for first time ever

Gove denies interference after teachers brand late change in boundaries ‘immoral’ The first drop in top grade passes in the history of the GCSE exam

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